Preity Zinta has been busy since she arrived in India post her wedding to Gene Goodenough in California a few months ago. First, the IPL tournament took a large part of her mind space and the rescheduling of match venues played havoc with her India reception plans. Last minute rearranging of her wedding celebrations in Mumbai meant reorganising everything from invitations to clothes and themes. Having had a traditional Hindu wedding in the US, Zinta opted for a western-style evening in Mumbai to give herself and her in-laws a break from the lehengas and sherwanis. However, the one thing she could not remove were her wedding chudas (the red bangles worn by Punjabi brides) so she got a dress that matched them. Zinta, with her husband and in-laws, also visited Rishikesh and Agra, and completed her work for her next film, Bhaiyyaji Superhit. But above and beyond this, the role she most values is with the United Nations. As for a honeymoon, apparently that plan is still under discussion between Mr and Mrs Goodenough.
Last week saw the launch of the trailer of Dhishoom, the Varun Dhawan-John Abraham starrer. Directed by Rohit Dhawan (Varun’s brother), the film also features Jacqueline Fernandez and Akshaye Khanna. The glimpse of the long-lost actor in a villainous role took many by surprise. Khanna has been missing from the marquee for four years, allegedly spending a great deal of time at his beachside home. When quizzed about this sabbatical, he candidly said that he was indisposed dealing with some serious personal issues, but it’s all sorted now and he’s looking forward to a renewed stint in Bollywood.
Making her mark
Mumbai born and raised, Kajal Aggarwal is a bigger star in the Telugu and Tamil film industries than Bollywood. So today’s release, Do Lafzon Ki Kahani (DLKK), opposite Randeep Hooda, is obviously a big deal for her. Her last significant Hindi film role was three years ago, in Special 26 with Akshay Kumar. Aggarwal says the script, and opportunity to work with Hooda, attracted her to the part of a visually-impaired girl in Deepak Tijori’s romantic film. It seems Aggarwal had professional guidance on how to convincingly perform her role. Not only did she read books about the lives of those with this disability, she also interacted with the visually-impaired and walked around with a stick and her eyes shut. For his part, Hooda had to train in mixed martial arts as he plays an MMA fighter. Experts from Thailand were called in to prep him. Seeing Hooda as a bulked up fighting machine will be quite a change after watching him embrace the role of Sarbjit in Sarbjit, where he transformed into an emaciated prisoner.
Good times ahead?
The movie industry, like life, is all about choices, instinct and luck. No one knows this more than Vidya Balan whose career has seen remarkable peaks and deep troughs. After the high of No One Killed Jessica, The Dirty Picture and Kahaani, she floundered with Shaadi Ke Side Effects, Ghanchakkar and Hamari Adhuri Kahani. But the debacle of those did not deter the actress, who now has a very interesting slate of films lined up, starting with today’s release Te3n. Set in Kolkata, it is an emotional thriller about a crime that affects its three principal characters. Besides Balan, the film also stars Amitabh Bachchan, a grandfather seeking justice, Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Father Martin Das, whose life was changed by a crime, and Balan as the cop in charge of a disturbingly similar crime eight years later. Besides this, Balan will be seen in a special appearance as Geeta Bali in the Marathi film Ek Albela, the sequel to Kahaani, and in the period film Begum Jaan, the Hindi remake of the Bengali film, Rajkahini.